When Worlds Collide

Our brains like to label things and categorise them neatly. We can ‘unsee’ things we’ve seen if they don’t fit our categories. But we vary in how much we do this: at one end of the spectrum is the rigid labeling that leads to racism and xenophobia, at the other end lies an inability to…

BitchBuzz: Hate Valentine’s Day? Blame Chaucer!

My latest column for BitchBuzz dips into the medieval history of Valentine’s Day celebrations. I know some people think they’re a bit excessive, but even in the Middle Ages there were a lot of fairly ridiculous beliefs about the nature of love: Hallmark and Cadbury might seem to have a lock on the holiday now,…

Kazoo Round-up

Just back from my meeting with the VP and the Dean, where I formally accepted the position of Coordinator of Women’s Studies. What was that I said about only suckers taking up administrative positions? 😉 Let’s consider it the first step in my plan for World Domination or perhaps as a new hat (we all…

In the Great Grey Beast

The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive. Here he was, buried in the belly of that smothering month, wondering if he would ever find his way out through the cold coils that lay between here and Easter.He didn’t think much of his chances.         Clive Barker, The Thief of…